Most of the time, we know what it would take to be successful, but then “somehow” we don’t implement – and nothing ever changes.

As individuals, we may be dealing with information overload, analysis paralysis, a slight penchant for perfectionism, maybe a lack of follow-through – all keep us from making progress toward our goals.

As business leaders, we recognize how the “numbers” just aren’t what we need them to be, our team isn’t performing at the level we want, and we may not be performing at our best – because there’s too much to handle.

Sometimes we are unclear about what needs to change first to effect the most significant impact on performance – our own, our team’s or our organization’s.

How do we get the results we want?

For businesses and individuals alike, an outside advisor can make all the difference.

And that’s the role of a coach: to work with you, as you create a vision and devise a plan to bring it to fruition.

When you work with a coach,
expect to go further and faster!

The coaching I provide is a combination of business and executive coaching.
Let’s take a quick look at the difference between the two:


In the role of Business Coach I explore with you solutions for key areas that drive your business success: value proposition, customer segments, customer relationships, marketing channels, key activities, key resources, key partnerships, revenue streams, and cost structure.

Over the time of our engagement, we uncover opportunities for improvement and change, and you can count on my support while you successfully implement that right-fit solutions in these crucial areas.


As an Executive Coach I work with you to close a gap between where you are now – professionally or personally (because it’s all interrelated) – and where you would like to be.

When you work with me you can expect to receive feedback and support, as well as the accountability you want, so you can reach your goals, develop new skills, implement new ways of thinking and behavior. As a result, you’ll be more effective, energized and generally perform better.

What is Coaching Good for?


A solid strategic plan increases revenue, profit, productivity, growth, quality, customer loyalty, and more. It also contributes to attracting quality employees and keeping them.


A company’s growth accelerates when impeding issues are resolved, including those affecting time management and leverage; revenues, profits and cash flow; and the people involved.


Individuals that have clarity on their best career path and then effectively implement the strategies that support their priorities, perform above expectations in all aspects.


A team that performs at the top level makes many things possible. The team’s increased performance impacts its potential, its productivity and the organization’s profits.


A well-developed Board positively impacts an organization’s performance, its reputation in the community and among grant makers, and its ability to attract and retain quality board members.


A solid exit plan includes grooming the next generation of leaders and implementing strategies now that will ensure you can sell your business for top dollar later.

Is Coaching Right for the Situation?

Coaching isn’t for every situation. Here’s s how to recognize if it is the right approach:

The Status Quo is Taking its Toll

You have determined that keeping things the same is taking its toll on the bottom line of your business or your performance as a professional. You already know that NOT implementing necessary changes will only make the situation worse.

The Problem is Big Enough

You recognize that the consequences of the problem have long-lasting impact. You can’t bear the exorbitant costs of the problem. You want to work with an outside advisor, so you can more rapidly implement the necessary changes and regain control over the situation.

You Want to Implement Changes NOW

“What got you here won’t get you there” (to quote the famous Marshall Goldsmith), and change is often not easy. But now you’re open to feedback and willing to explore new solutions, and get the support you want and the accountability you need to succeed. You’re ready for change.

You’re Willing to Invest in Solutions

Creating solutions for your business or your professional performance requires you to invest resources: money, time and energy. The value of working with a professional coach is undeniable, and the ROI undisputed. Get coached and expect to make progress faster and go further!

You Want Solutions That Work for YOU

When working with a coach, the solutions developed are specific to your situation. Because they’re individual to you and uniquely address the needs of your stakeholders, you are able to create more of the outcomes you want for your business or career path.

When we work together, there’s bound to be change!


Sylke is an effective communicator with secular, forward-thinking vision and a firm grasp of current branding techniques and technology trends. Upon our initial meeting, I recognized Sylke possesses the unique ability to read personalities beyond the surface. She posed probing questions that my close friends and family would never ask and intuitively identified my limiting beliefs, offering straightforward feedback and practical suggestions. Sylke’s objective coaching approach of active engagement and mindful accountability provided me clarity to discover my goals and to develop habits and the discipline to accomplish them. Her encouraging nature and insightful business acumen proved the right combination for Sylke to be my coach and an invaluable resource towards my achieving growth as a person and realizing professional success.

J.E., Entrepreneur

Structured, measured, with a methodical approach towards covering all the basic requirements in a way so that the project would not only stand up in the end, but also as to give myself thought – to things, avenues, and development, not obvious at first, but that gave me pause and ideas, as to where, what, when, and how, my idea might be best developed and deployed to fruition. She has a well-rounded thorough approach with a keen eye on the parameters and requirements for the final presentation. She was accessible and even visited when in town. She understood the importance of time – its necessity to fully create and complete the project and set appropriate deadlines and goals. Her efforts continued right through the final presentation at which she was present, and extend to this day. Any future [client of hers] would be most fortunate to have Ms. Chesterfield’s talents and expertise at their disposal.

G.D., Solopreneur

Sylke and I have engaged on numerous projects and as a result she has recently provided me with professional coaching. Navigating the waters of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment while maintaining a household and your sanity can be a challenge. As a coach Sylke provides you with the tools and concepts to keep you focused and healthy. I urge you to engage Sylke when that voice inside says you need the help of an experienced coach.

S.G., Entrepreneur

Need a colleague when you haven’t got one? Someone to bounce that business idea with? Someone to help you think objectively, strategically and create deadlines? Sylke brings strong expertise, frank probing questions and a confident, friendly style into your office to keep you focused and help you reach the goals you want.

B.B., Non-profit Consultant

Silka- I am so thankful to God that I was coached by you. You asked me to write out my goals on a big board and one of those goals was to do research in Early Education. I interviewed face to face with Senior Researchers today at The [Organization name withheld for confidentiality] in NYC and they offered me the job. I will be doing research that will examine children learning mathematics and using technology. There will be professional development to teachers and a great deal of collecting and analyzing data. The project will begin in January and should be completed in May which will keep me busy until the center opens.

M.J., Solopreneur

Sylke Chesterfield gives the personalized coaching that every female executive can benefit from. From navigating a male-dominated company with long established dysfunctional patterns, to identifying with laser-focus on some areas I needed to work on myself, Sylke is that observational third party who can guide any female executive down a decisive path without being lost in the tendency to try to fix things. After just a short conversation, Sylke pinpointed important issues, gave specific recommendations, and was encouraging and empowering in all her suggestions. I highly recommend her.

T.A., Engineer



Now is a good time to see if there is a fit for us to work together and how my coaching can move you toward your professional or business goals.

The first step is to have a 30-minute call (by phone or Zoom). It’s complementary and – at a minimum – will give you  clarity on the path you need to pursue to get the results you want.

When you’re ready, go ahead and schedule your call:


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